At the Democratic National Convention, Arne Duncan renounced many of his own policies.
He came out in opposition to teaching to the test, although his own Race to the Top demands it (he never mentioned Race to the Top.)
He denounced the millionaires and billionaires who are supporting the charter school movement and privatization of public education (he didn’t mention that either).
He didn’t mention that he wants education colleges to be graded by the test scores of the students of their graduates.
He didn’t mention merit pay, into which his Department of Education has pumped nearly $ billion.
He didn’t mention the proliferation of for-profit schools.
He didn’t mention that he campaigned with Newt Gingrich to rally support for Race to the Top.
He didn’t mention that he called Bobby Jindal’s choice for state commissioner a “visionary leader,” who now promotes vouchers and the disestablishment of public education.
We should be grateful, I suppose, for what he did not mention.